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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that national government departments spent R22m on suspensions of employees in the three months from July to September last year, a sharp increase from the R8m spent in the previous three months.  

Employees on suspension don’t come to work but receive their full pay until the finalisation of their disciplinary cases, which can take years at huge cost to the state.  The amount spent on suspensions is likely to be much higher as there is underreporting by departments on suspensions and disciplinary cases, the MPs heard from Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) officials on Wednesday.  Departments have also failed to comply with the ruling that disciplinary cases be finalised within 90 days and not to have suspensions longer than 60 days.  The DPSA is working with the Treasury in an effort to use the government payroll system Persal for reporting and capturing disciplinary cases and suspensions so that it can gather accurate data. Currently the information is consolidated manually in a paper-based system.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Linda Ensor at BusinessLive

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